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Course Description

Whether you are in a new or long term romantic relationship, a busy student working with other colleagues, parents struggling to form a connection with your children, or a business person needing to form a relationship of trust with the employer--relationships form the foundation of our lives. Getting along with all these people and creating a positive relationship can be one of life's more difficult challenges.

To have a good relationship or to improve an existing one requires us to use tools and skills that enable us to understand communication styles and perspectives.

In this course you will learn about these skills and gain insight into why people misunderstand us or respond the way they do. We will also examine belief systems and their effect on relationships, as well as discuss unhealthy relationships, what to avoid, relationship games and traps that frequently occur, how a life script is developed and plays a role in forming long lasting relationships, the study of transactional analysis and other skills we can develop to help create more positive relationships.

If you think people are impossible to understand, you may change your mind after working through this course. This study of relationships gives you the knowledge to improve all relationships in your life both--personal and professional.


Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1 : Why Can't We Just Get Along?

Lesson 2 : What Are Healthy Relationships?

Lesson 3 : Unhealthy Relationships

Lesson 4 : What Affects Our Relationships?

Lesson 5 : The Roadmap to Understanding the Madness

Lesson 6 : The Games People Play

Lesson 7 : Life Scripts

Lesson 8 : We Don't Speak the Same Language

Lesson 9 : Creating Healthy Relationships with Children

Lesson 10 : Dealing with Difficult People

Lesson 11 : I Need to Fix You

Lesson 12 : The Art of Acceptance

Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a written and practice assignment that will directly apply what you have learned.
A brief 25 pt. quiz will follow each lesson. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define and identify what healthy relationships actually are.
  • Define and identify what unhealthy relationships are.
  • Describe what affects our relationships.
  • Determine what makes a relationship dysfunctional and the types of games we play and why.
  • Life Scripts
  • Describe methods for identifying and overcoming communication barriers.
  • Know methods for creating healthy relationships with children.
  • Know techniques for dealing with difficult people.
  • Describe methods for dealing with people who will not change and figuring out how to accept people for who they are, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment2
Lesson 1: Why Can't We Just Get Along?20
Lesson 2 : What are Healthy Relationships?5
Lesson 3 : Unhealthy Relationships5
Lesson 4 : What affects our relationships?4
Lesson 5 : The roadmap to understanding the madness.5
Lesson 6 : The Games People Play5
Lesson 7 : Life Scripts5
Lesson 8 : We don't speak the same language5
Lesson 9 : Creating Healthy Relationships with Children5
Lesson 10 : Dealing with difficult people5
Lesson 11 : I need to fix you4
Lesson 12 Assignment2
Final Review66
Total Points:139

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